Chimera

Do you always act polite?
Or would you dare a
Chimera to fight? You might,
but you'd regret it, because
he isn't a He, he's an Us,
and all three heads are dangerous.

But look: Here comes Bellerophon
upon the winged horse Pegasus.

Big deal, he says,
Mr. Lion/goat/snake,
Yo're a silly mistake.
You have too many heads,
you can't be real,
you don't exist.

And with one twist of his magic sword,
he turned that Chimera into a word.

Penelope Scambly Schott